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3 years ago

Nortel patent portfolio buyers face Justice Department investigation

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The buyers of the Nortel patent portfolio are now facing an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice over how they intend to use the patents they purchased, according to the Wall Street Journal.  Last month, the consortium known as "Rockstar Bidco" -- comprising names like Apple, RIM, Microsoft and Sony -- won the patent auction at a price of $4.5 billion.  The sale was quickly approved by the Canadian and U.S. courts, but the DoJ will now consider what, if any, restrictions should be placed on their use.  According to the WSJ, the DoJ probe (which has not been made public), is specifically asking the winning companies if they plan to use the patents to file suit against manufacturers of Android smartphones.

I think a look at the current situation can answer that. 

Source: Wall Street journal

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3 years ago

Ask AC: What happens if I put an AT&T SIM card in the Motorola Photon 4G?

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It's the first question we get whenever a "world phone" like the Motorola Photon 4G is released. "Can I stick my AT&T or T-Mobile SIM in it?" By all means, go ahead. Won't hurt anything, so long as you're in the U.S.

And it also won't do anything.

While there's hardly a large number of people who would realistically buy something like the Motorola Photon 4G on Sprint (or the Droid Pro or Droid 3 on Verizon) just to use it on AT&T or T-Mobile -- it'd still be pretty cool. But just like we found out with the Droid Pro (and other world phones since), Sprint and Verizon have locked down their world phones so they won't work on T-Mobile and AT&T in the United States. And we're not just talking about needing an unlock code here (again, see the Droid Pro). Until someone hacks their way into it, these things are DOA on GSM in the USA.

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3 years ago

Accessory review: Seidio SURFACE Case for HTC Incredible 2

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HTC Incredible 2 owners who are looking for a robust case for their phone should check out the Seidio SURFACE Case.

The case comes in two pieces that fit together. Sometimes with accessories like this, they easily fall apart or don’t stay put as long as you might hope. Often this can be caused by poor design and/or frustration when trying to fit together the case and one piece breaks off. This is why I was skeptical of Seidio's case at first. After spending a lot of time with it however, it has exceeded my expectations. Not only has it remained in place, but I actually had trouble getting it off the phone.

Seidio has continued with their excellent protective material with this case. At just 1mm thick, you know it won’t had a ton of extra bulkiness to your phone.

If you’re interested, you can pick up the Seidio SURFACE Case from the Android Central Store for $27.95 in black, sapphire blue, burgundy or amethyst.

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3 years ago

Get a Bell Samsung Galaxy S II for only $20

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If you're looking to get in on one of the sexiest Android devices out there for cheap and live in Canada, you'll want to check out the Bell website. Right now, Bell has the Samsung Galaxy S II available on their site for only $20 when you agree to a new three-year contract. That's a pretty smoking deal -- and a really long contract.

*Update* Too good to be true, price error -- it's now back at $169.95. Worst part? Customer care confirmed it when I called.

Source: Bell; Thanks, can3gxw!

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Bubbleator

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Here's a neat little live wallpaper we got turned onto by Mozilla's Matt Brubeck. Bubbleator is a live wallpaper that "brings the things you care about to your home screen." And, sure enough, it does just that, scrolling info from your calendar, missed calls, text messages, Facebook and Twitter.

You've got a fair amount of customizations available, from the background image to the speed at which items speed by, to the position of the stream (top, middle or bottom). You can choose which category you want to call into the stream, and how often you want them to update.

Visually, Bubbleator's nicely done. You'll need to design your home screens around the Bubbleator streams, of course, but the top-middle-bottom options help with that. Bubbleator also works on the lock screen, and best of all, it's free.

Download links are after the break.

More: Bubbleator

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3 years ago

Android 101: How to adjust the time and date

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3 years ago

T-Mobile to require data plans even if you pay full price come August 8

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The joy of purchasing a device with no data plan requirement is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Sure, a lot of carriers out there will still allow you to do it. But come Aug. 8, T-Mobile will not be one of them. T-Mobile will require all customers purchasing a smartphone to take on a data plan before walking out the door. Not the end of the world or anything, but still -- rather lame.

*Update* - Like most leaks, before official information is confirmed -- this one has caused quite a bit of speculation as to its real meaning. Based on the info available, this breaks down to T-Mobile stopping customers from removing data features on their account that were contracted. A loophole existed where customers could escape their contracted terms by swapping devices out ie: a dumbphone, on a previous smartphone account, now -- they will no longer be able to do so.

Source: TMo News

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3 years ago

Southern Miss buys 1,000 Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets for Honors College pilot program

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Samsung today announced that the University of Southern Mississippi (Southern Miss, to those of us from south of the Mason-Dixon Line) has purchased 1,000 Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets to provide to students in its Honors College pilot program.

It's not all fun and games -- the tablets will be preloaded with Blackboard Mobile, so they can do some of that learning stuff we hear goes on in colleges. The rest of the time? We know what they'll be doing.

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3 years ago

Android kids app: Lego Creationary

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Here's one for all you Lego geeks out there (which includes us, of course). The popular Creationary game has come to Android. Like the traditional board game, the premise is simple: Roll a die and get a category. Then start building, and your opponents have to guess what you're building.

This actually is a little harder than it sounds. The game gives you four objects from which to guess. But as the Lego form takes shape, you'll find that it's really a rough design compared to the example picture. The quicker you identify what's being built, the more points you get. Choosing poorly ends the game.

The game's surprisingly fun, and, best of all, it's free. We've got download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Heroes & Villains Mini Android Series from Dead Zebra now available

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Like collecting the Android Mini Series from Dead Zebra? If so, you'll want to act fast in getting your hands on the latest batch -- we're positive they won't last long. The Heroes & Villains Mini Android Series is now available and you can get all four minis for only $40 over at Dead Zebra. You're still reading this? Go, go now.

Source: Dead Zebra

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